Meal Planning
for Dialysis Diets

Whether you’re planning your meals for the week, looking forward to a special dinner out or preparing a holiday feast, you’ll need to plan ahead when you’re on dialysis. We’ve made it easy with practical tips that help you make healthy—and delicious—food choices.

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Make a List. Check It Twice. 

When you’re picking up food for kidney-friendly meals, it’s always good to make a shopping list. Grocery lists help you cut down on impulse foods you should probably take a pass on, as well as help keep your food bill in line. It’s also smart to shop after you’ve eaten. When hunger is a factor in your shopping decisions, the best-laid, dialysis-meal plans can go out the window.

7 ways to shop for a dialysis diet

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Adapt favorite recipes
so that you can eat foods you like—you can reduce or cut salt from most recipes.


Shopping gets easier with a list of kidney-friendly foods to choose.
Foods to Choose for ESRD
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Cook ahead for the week
and put meal-sized portions in the freezer.
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Read food labels carefully
—some convenience foods may fit into your meal plans.
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Mix and match from the kidney-friendly food lists
you get from your renal dietitian.
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Keep a list of dialysis-friendly meal ideas
to eat in a hurry (like omelets).
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Keep plain rice and pasta on hand
for a tasty starchy addition to any meal plan.
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Store a variety of herbs, salt-free seasoning mixes and salt-free spices
like lemon zest, paprika, curry powder, cumin and chili powder in your pantry.


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